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Philip Morris USA, maker of Marlboro cigarettes, was hit with nearly $8 million in compensatory damages in an Engle progeny case Friday. (Credit: AP)

Philip Morris Owes Ex-Smoker $8M Plus Punitives, Jury Finds

A Florida jury on Friday awarded nearly $8 million in compensatory damages to the family of an ex-smoker who had two lung transplants after decades of smoking and found that a punitive damages phase is warranted against Philip Morris USA Inc.

  • 9th Circ. Revives Ray Charles Foundation Copyright Suit

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday reversed a lower court’s dismissal of a suit brought by the Ray Charles Foundation challenging the late singer’s heirs’ attempt to reclaim copyrights for dozens of songs, ruling that the foundation had standing since it receives royalties from the copyrights held by Warner/Chappell Music.

  • Deal Reached To End Deflategate Suit By NFL Season Kickoff

    The New York federal judge in the Deflategate case on Friday granted a request by the National Football League Players Association and the National Football League to fast-track the case so it wraps up before the start of the NFL’s regular season.

  • NCAA Granted Stay To Delay Student-Athlete Pay By 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit agreed Friday to pause an injunction requiring the National Collegiate Athletic Association to lift its ban on universities compensating male football and basketball players until the court rules on the merits of the antitrust challenge to the policy.

  • Anti-Abortion Group's Video Sting Called A Dangerous Fraud

    The National Abortion Federation hit back at anti-abortion activists Friday, telling a California federal court that they committed fraud and endangered its staff by furtively videotaping and releasing footage of its confidential meetings.

  • $400M Pfizer Class Action Deal Gets OK From Judge

    A New York federal judge on Thursday granted final approval of a $400 million settlement that ends a class action accusing Pfizer Inc. of misleading investors about illegal off-label drug marketing, though some investors may not get much with a recovery rate of 15 cents per share.

  • EU Launches Probe Of Proposed $5B FedEx, TNT Merger

    Europe’s antitrust watchdog said Friday that it is examining whether FedEx Corp.’s proposed €4.4 billion ($4.8 billion) acquisition of Dutch delivery service TNT Express NV would harm competition in the region’s small-package delivery market.

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